In a thought-provoking tweet, Obinna Nwosu, a chieftain of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), has raised an important point regarding African leadership.
Nwosu, who contested to be a member of the House of Representatives in the 2023 general elections, advocated for term limits on the presidency, stating that no one should hold the position for more than ten years, regardless of their performance.
Nwosu’s statement underscores the belief that leadership should not be concentrated in the hands of one individual for an extended period.
He argued that a maximum of 8-10 years should suffice for a leader to groom and prepare successors who can continue the work of governance effectively.
”No one should be president for more than ten years, regardless of how good you are.
”As a leader, if 8-10 years is not enough to groom individuals who can also lead, then you never deserved leadership in the first place.”
The tweet has sparked a lively debate on social media, with many users expressing their views.
Some argued in favour of term limits to prevent the concentration of power and encourage fresh perspectives in leadership.
Others, however, raise questions about the potential implications of such limits on the stability and continuity of government policies.
The concept of term limits for political leaders is not new, and it has been implemented in various countries around the world as a means of promoting democratic values and preventing authoritarianism.
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